Have you ever read a book and been surprised at the characters mentioning or using Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites? Even Google?
After reading The Mephisto Covenant, I was really shocked when the main character checks her Facebook and even mentions people writing on her wall and messaging her. Plus, she definitely Googles something and talks about her search results for a bit.
- A few thoughts about social media in books:
1. It might date the book in the future. Because social media changes so quickly, in a few years these books might loose their “evergreen-ness” because they mention these sites.
2. Initially, it takes me out of the reality or world of the book. My perspective shifts a bit when social media is brought up because it’s so familiar to me. It’s sort of like watching a movie with your favorite actors and then randomly, your mom shows up.
3. It’s interesting to see how fictional characters use social media because it’s a reflection of how the author thinks real people use it. For books that are more contemporary, it adds a relatable element to the mix.
How do you feel about social media being used in YA and/or fantasy books? Does it bother you? Do you like it?